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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Environmental movement led by the CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY has petitioned Interior Secretary Salazar to release additional Mexican Wolves from the captive breeding program into both Arizona and New Mexico to augment their numbers as well as to inject additional genetic diversity into the exisitng population that currently only numbers 58 individuals........... As we all know, illegal killings by ranchers and lack of enthusiastic and effective cooperation from State Wildlife Agencies has truly hampered effective rewilding for our Mexican Wolf subspecies

Contact: Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, (575) 534-0360 
Interior Secretary Salazar Urged to Restart Mexican Wolf Releases Into Wild
Obama Administration Has Yet to Release Any New Wolves; Wild Population Suffering From Inbreeding

SILVER CITY, N.M.— On the 14th anniversary of the reintroduction of endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wild in the Southwest, 30 conservation organizations, scientists, and animal-protection and sportsmen groups today urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to release Mexican wolves from the captive-breeding program into the wild this year since no release has occurred since 2008. The letter also asks Salazar to allow the release of captive-bred wolves to New Mexico, which is currently prohibited.

Both measures would help stop the loss of genetic diversity among Mexican wolves in the wild, increasing the chance that this unique but highly vulnerable gray wolf subspecies may recover. Only 58 wolves, including just six breeding pairs, were counted in the wild in January 2012. The letter to Salazar documents that inbreeding may be lowering the number of pups that are born and survive.
"President Obama's government has failed to release even a single Mexican wolf from the captive-breeding program," said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. "Scientists have practically begged the bureaucrats to release more wolves, to no avail. So we're now asking Secretary Ken Salazar for his personal attention and quick action to rescue the inbred Mexican wolf population by releasing more wolves." 

Releases of wolves from the captive-breeding pool, whose animals have never before lived in the wild, can only occur in Arizona. Releases of wolves captured in the wild may take place in Arizona and New Mexico. But in light of illegal killings of wolves and inbreeding, biologists and the Fish and Wildlife Service itself have recommended a rule change to allow the more numerous captive-bred wolves to be released into the remote portion of the bi-state recovery area, in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico. The Obama administration has continued to stall for time on that rule change.
"Time is running out for endangered Mexican wolves," said Kevin Bixby, executive director of the Southwest Environmental Center. "After more than a decade of bureaucratic inaction, wolves cannot wait any longer. We are calling on the Fish and Wildlife Service to use its existing authority to take immediate action to get more wolves on the ground before this magnificent creature goes extinct in the wild — for the second time in living memory, only this time it will be government bureaucrats not trappers that are the cause of its demise."

"Wolves help protect streamside vegetation from overgrazing by elk, as the experience in Yellowstone National Park shows," said Donna Stevens, a botanist who is executive director of the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance. "We need more Mexican wolves not just for their own sake and to ensure this unique animal's survival, but also for the health of the entire ecosystem."

The 1998 reintroduction of Mexican wolves to Arizona and New Mexico was projected to result in 102 wolves, including 18 breeding pairs, in the wild by the end of 2006, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's environmental impact statement on the reintroduction. No recovery goal has yet been established for the Mexican wolf.

Read more here about the Center for Biological Diversity's work to save Mexican gray wolves.


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